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Southern Chicken and Dumplings

Rated as 4.65 out of 5 Stars

"Old fashioned stick to your ribs chicken and dumplings recipe. The secret is using bone in chicken to make your stock. The bones help flavor the stock and give it richness."
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1 h 45 m servings 750
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion, and cook until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Place the chicken breasts into the pot, skin-side-down. Pour in the chicken broth, and enough water to just cover the breasts. Bring to a simmer over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the chicken begins to fall off the bone, about 1 hour. Once cooked, remove the chicken breasts from the pot. Remove and discard the skin and bone; allow the meat to cool, then tear apart into bite sized chunks.
  2. While the chicken breast are simmering, prepare the dumpling dough by whisking the flour, baking powder, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt together in a mixing bowl. Work the vegetable shortening in with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Make a well in the middle and pour in the milk. Stir together until a stiff dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface, and knead until smooth. Form the dough into 12 pieces, and set aside.
  3. After you've shredded the chicken, stir the cream of chicken soup, 2 cups water, salt, pepper, and shredded chicken back into the pot. Return to a simmer over medium-high heat. Drop the dumplings into the simmering broth one at a time to keep them from sticking together. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the dumplings have puffed and are no longer doughy in the center, 10 to 20 minutes.


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  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 750 calories; 34.4 57.7 49.5 132 2206 Full nutrition

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I'm the submitter of the recipe. The dumpling preparation is all wrong my version is different. You work the dumpling dough adding a bit more milk if needed to just make the dough come togethe...

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This was the first time I ever made dumplings from scratch. What a disappointment! Due to bad weather, I got home late and did not have time to read the reviews. So, I followed the recipe as wri...

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I'm the submitter of the recipe. The dumpling preparation is all wrong my version is different. You work the dumpling dough adding a bit more milk if needed to just make the dough come togethe...

I've been making this for years and my family loves it. I do not use the cream of chicken as I thicken my base with broth and a a little cornstarch. I also add shredded carrots and if hubby req...

I just made this for my family and it was absolutely delicious! I did make more dumplings because I like lots. Next time I think I'll add carrots and celery too.

Awesome recipe. First time making dumplings from scratch and they came out very good. My husband said it tastes just like his grandmas except she didnt take the chicken off the bone just served ...

Very good! I cheated though and used canned Biscuits, I cut them into 6ths (because I bought the jumbo ones) It turned out great! And was so easy!

The chicken was delicious, the dumplings as written (we made 12) took WAY longer than 20 minutes to cook through. After 45 mins we decided to cut them in half and cook them (it was getting close...

My family loved this recipe! It had a real nice flavor and so easy to make. I added carrots and celery in with the onions. My only concern was that it might have been too watery. I covered t...

My husband LOVED this! He is from the south and living in NY he doesn't get "real" dumplings. Thanks for sharing! It will def be made again!

This recipe is De Lish. Made it for my husband and son, They could not eat it fast enough. Yum!!!